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Forrest Yoga Philosophy

Forrest Yoga is an intensely physical and internally focused practice, which has specifically been created to deal with the physical and mental stresses of our modern lifestyle. Working through her own healing, creatrix Ana T. Forrest modified traditional yoga postures and created new ones to help with modern-day ailments like lower and upper back pain, neck and shoulder issues, carpal tunnel syndrome and intestinal disorders.

The practice challenges students to go deep into their bodies and cleanse physical and emotional blockages that dictate and limit their lives. Through Forrest Yoga students get back their physical health and strength and learn how to reconnect with their authentic self, their Spirit.

Physical and emotional blockages stem from energy being stuck in areas of your body due to injury or trauma. They may manifest as pain, tension, numbness or even choking and have the potential to turn into chronic problems or illnesses if not addressed. Forrest Yoga teaches students how to unravel and ease the trauma and how to open, massage and break down the scars so that the trauma or injury can heal.

Forrest Yoga is suitable for all age groups, body types and fitness levels and encourages students to practice mindfully and respond honestly. The practice is founded on the four pillars Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit.

Breath

Forrest Yoga teaches you how to breathe deeply, connect in feeling with your body, use the power of breath to bring aliveness into every cell of your body and ignite your passion for living.

Strength

Forrest Yoga teaches you to connect to your core, to be strong and centred. The intense pose sequences are designed to help you develop the skills to awaken each of your senses. The long holds help you progress in the poses and go deeper. Aided by the use of heat, your body is freed from toxins; the deep breathing oxygenates and rejuvenates every cell in your body.

Integrity

Forrest Yoga teaches you to become proficient at safely tailoring each pose to work best for you,particularly with physical and emotional injuries. By learning to work honestly at your edges, you develop effective tools to deal with fear and struggle. This makes it possible for integrity, self-awareness and playful curiosity to become part of your daily life.

Spirit

Forrest Yoga's intent is to create a sense of freedom, a connection to your Spirit and the courage to walk as your Spirit dictates.

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For Newcomers

What is yoga?
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace. The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali define yoga as "the stilling of the changing states of the mind".
The practice of yoga uses postures (asanas), mindful breathing and sounds to turn the practitioner's attention inward to the immediate experience of mind and body.

What is the difference between yoga and normal exercise?
When we exercise, we usually focus on a specific area of our bodies. In yoga we work the entire body in every single pose, creating a balance of skin, muscles (including organs) and bone so that the energy, breath and fluids in our bodies can flow without any obstructions. In the process, the student gains evenly distributed strength and awareness throughout the entire body.
Another important element that sets yoga apart from regular exercise is the connectedness to breath. When we exercise, we often start puffing and panting and are usually completely unaware of our breath. Yoga encourages students to stay connected to their breath and to keep it deep and calm, no matter how intense the practice might be.

What is the difference between Forrest Yoga and other kinds of yoga?
Creatrix Ana T. Forrest has created Forrest Yoga while working through her own healing from her life's trauma and experience. As a result, she has modified traditional yoga postures and created new ones to help with modern-day ailments like lower and upper back pain, neck and shoulder issues, carpal tunnel syndrome and intestinal disorders. Being an ordained practitioner of Native American Medicine, she has also brought elements of Native American Ceremony into Forrest Yoga, which makes for an exciting and effective blend of the Native American and Indian traditions.=

How can Forrest Yoga heal?
Forrest Yoga uses asanas, breath and heat to free the body from toxins and to oxygenate and rejuvenate every cell, which promotes healing in injured or poorly functioning areas. Students cultivate an acute awareness of their own body and life process, which creates a unique and powerful opportunity for them to heal their own physical injuries and make life decisions based on their own experiences.

What are the five pillars of Forrest Yoga, what do they mean?
The four pillars - Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit – are the principles, the fundamental elements that lie at the heart of Forrest Yoga:
By learning how to stay connected to and use your breath, you will bring aliveness and feeling back into the parts of your body that have gone numb. As a result, you will be able to listen to your body's signals and tailor each pose – and your life – with integrity, i.e. in a way that is safe and works for you. Intense pose sequences will help you build strength in your whole body, including your core. This strengthening of the core – which is not only your abdominals, but a column of space that runs through your whole torso – connects you to the centre of your being, which in turn reconnects you to your spirit, which is your intuition, your inner voice, your wise inner self.